South Lake Tahoe KFC robbed
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect after he reportedly entered the KFC fast food restaurant on Lake Tahoe Boulevard after hours and allegedly robbed the restaurant’s employees at gunpoint.
No shots were fired and no one was hurt during the incident, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) press release issued Tuesday.
The suspect concealed his identity during the robbery and employees were unable to identify him to police.
The incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, according to the press release. Officers were called to the KFC when the suspect had already fled.
The restaurant had been closed for business, but several employees were still inside working at the time of the robbery. The suspect reportedly entered through an unlocked back door and displayed a handgun, the press release stated. The suspect then began yelling orders at the employees and threatening to shoot them if they did not immediately comply.
The suspect ordered one of the employees to surrender the money to him.
After collecting an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect immediately left through the same door through which he had entered and fled. His method of escape was not known at the time the press release was issued.
The suspect was described as a man, about 5-feet-8-inches tall and about 130 pounds.
Video was not available from the restaurant or from the general location of the shopping center.
Detectives plan to reach out to other area law enforcement agencies to identify any similar cases that may assist in the investigation.
Investigators also ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 530-542-6100 or Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.
Businesses are encouraged to take precautions to secure their premises from burglary and robbery at all times of the year, the press release stated.